With Javier Mascherano unlikely to leave Barcelona, Napoli will now look to alternatives in order to bolster their midfield in the summer.
Rafa Benitez had highlighted his former Liverpool man as the club’s number one target for the off-season, but with Barcelona now being slapped with a transfer ban, the likelihood of the Spanish club letting their Argentine midfielder leave are slim.
As such, according to Calcio News, the Partenopei have ear-marked Fernando of Porto, and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan as possible targets.
Both men have been heavily linked with moves away from their respective clubs, but the Stadio San Paolo side will face tough competition for their signatures.
Fernando has been rumoured to be of interest to a number of Italian teams, including Inter and Juventus.
Gundogan meanwhile, is thought to be on Manchester United and Real Madrid’s radar.